Setting up OBS Recording Output Encoder to h264 (x264)

Follow these simple steps to set the OBS (Open Broadcaster Software) recording output encoder to h264 (x264) for optimal compatibility with tools like StreamLadder:

Step 1: Launch OBS

Open the OBS application on your computer. If you don't have OBS installed, you can download it for free from the official website:

Step 2: Access OBS Settings

In the lower-right corner of the OBS window, click on the "Settings" button to open the Settings window.

OBS settings

Step 3: Go to the 'Output' Settings

In the Settings window, click on the "Output" tab located on the left-hand side.

Step 4: Switch to 'Advanced' Output Mode

In the "Output" tab, locate the "Output Mode" dropdown menu. By default, it's set to "Simple." Click on the dropdown menu and select "Advanced" to access advanced output settings.

Step 5: Navigate to the 'Recording' Settings

Once you've switched to "Advanced" output mode, you'll see three tabs under the "Output" settings: "Streaming," "Recording," and "Audio." Click on the "Recording" tab.

Changing OBS to Advanced Output Mode

Step 6: Select the h264 (x264) Encoder

In the "Recording" tab, find the "Encoder" dropdown menu. Click on it and select "x264" from the available options. This is the h264 encoder.

Step 7: Configure Additional Settings (Optional)

While you're in the "Recording" tab, you can also configure additional settings, such as the recording path, recording format, and custom Muxer settings. Adjust these settings as needed, based on your preferences and requirements.

Changing OBS encoder settings

Step 8: Save Your Settings

After selecting the h264 (x264) encoder and configuring any additional settings, click on the "OK" button in the lower-right corner of the Settings window to save your changes.

Step 9: Start Recording

Now that you have set the recording output encoder to h264 (x264), you can start recording your videos in OBS. To begin recording, click on the "Start Recording" button located in the lower-right corner of the OBS window.


By following these steps, you can successfully set the OBS recording output encoder to h264 (x264), ensuring compatibility with platforms like StreamLadder and providing a smooth viewing experience for your audience. Happy streaming!

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